Alma Wahlberg, ‘Wahlburgers’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Tonight is the season 2 premiere of Wahlburgers. Let’s get to know mom Alma Wahlberg in our 5 Fast Facts below.

1. One of the Wahlbergs’ Restaurant’s Is Named After Her

When the Wahlberg boys decided to open the two restaurants Walburger and Alma Nove, they brought on their mother as a hostess and presence in the eateries. This really brought some action in Alma’s life. We see her working in both places on the show Wahlburgers. The Alma Nove website describes the meaning behind the restaurant name, the menu, and the ambience.

Alma Nove is Hingham’s premiere waterfront restaurant inspired by a blend of flavors from Italy and the surrounding Mediterranean. Named after the Wahlberg family matriarch, Alma, and her nine (nove) children, the restaurant features an eclectic menu of antipasti, specialty pastas, fresh off the boat seafood, and chops prepared on a wood burning grill.

This just shows you how much Alma means to her children. The boys always try to fight to be her favorite and Donnie can’t start a tour without talking to his mom on the phone before opening night.

2. Alma Divorced In 1982

Donnie Wahlberg was actually named after his father Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Sr. Prior to meeting Alma, Donald was married and has three children from his first marriage – Donna, Scott, and Buddy. Donald was a teamster (a truck driver) who worked as a delivery driver while Alma was a bank clerk and nurse’s aide. The two divorced in 1982.

3. Her Recipes Are Featured on the A&E Website

Paul isn’t the only cook in the family. Mom Alma is praised for her cooking and even has her recipes featured on the A&E site. Each dish is one of her kids’ favorites, (ie. Mark’s Favorite – Lasagna and Debbie’s Favorite – Ma’s Mac and Cheese). There was actually an episode on Wahlburgers where Alma wanted to create her own cookbook. Instead, son Paul printed several of her recipes on the restaurant’s take out menus so that families could take pleasure in Alma’s creations in their own kitchens.

4. Alma’s Most Famous Recipe Is Her American Chop Suey

Donnie, Mark, and son Paul always brag about Alma’s American Chop Suey dish that she used to serve them when they were growing up. We even see it featured on the show. Check out the recipe, published with Parade, below:

American Chop Suey


25 min.
35 min.

1 lb bacon
1 lb hamburger
1 large onion
1 large bell pepper
3 cans whole tomatoes
1 lb elbow noodles
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp garlic powder

In a large pot, cook bacon until it’s half-way cooked.

Add hamburger, onions, bell pepper, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is thoroughly cooked.

Add the canned tomatoes and crush them by hand in the pot.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add elbow macaroni.

Once cooked, drain the macaroni and add it to the meat mixture and serve.


Serves 8.

5. Daughter Debbie Died On the Same Day that Mark’s First Child Was Born

Alma revealed on the first season of Wahlburgers that she didn’t smile for a long time after her daughter Debbie died. On the day that Mark Wahlberg’s first child was born, his sister, 43, died across the country in Boston. Debbie was in the hospital for kidney stones when she reportedly suffered a heart attack and septic shock. Debbie was one of nine children.